Earlier this week it was said that Tiffany filed a support claim for the Christian Louboutin case vs. Yves Saint Laurent. The case, incase you haven’t been following, is about Yves Saint Laurent using the coveted red sole on one of their heels.
When Louboutin took YSL to court they lost the case. The judge simply said you cannot own a color as it is the tools that artists and fashion designers use to create their works. Of course once the verdict was said two things happened, YSL counter sued saying that the lawsuit had hurt sales on that particular shoe, and Christian Louboutin appealed the courts decision.
This week Tiffany decided to take action and support Christian Louboutin’s appeal by filing a “amicus curiae” of their own stating that their Tiffany Blue is worth keeping sacred and legally theirs which it has been since 1998.
Tania Clark, trade mark attorney at law firm Withers & Rogers said “Tiffany clearly has a vested interest in the use of colour and views it as an important part of its own brand identity. The jeweller is obviously concerned that if Louboutin loses its legal battle with YSL, it would leave the way open for rivals to infringe its existing trade mark rights by copying its distinctive blue packaging design.”
What’s next? Prada Red? Holt Renfrew Magenta? Saks Black?